The Queen of Swords is the Tarot card that signifies new ideas. We are consumed by our ideas and are always setting the bar of our intellect higher and higher. We set the standards that others follow, and we derive great satisfaction from our astute strategies, thorough planning and their impeccable execution. We are firmly grounded and tend to follow our minds more than our hearts, and therefore we rarely become a prey of illusions. Because we are fully aware of how our minds can lead us astray, we trust our intuition even more, which stems from the strong value system embedded in our personalities. All this may sound as if we are devoid of emotions, but the truth is we are very deep and below the calm surface, there is often a storm of emotions brewing, but we cannot afford to display them, because it can be construed as weakness. Moreover, we refuse to compromise intellect for emotions. We are over-burdened with duties and responsibilities, and when we do get a break from them, we usually spend the time in expanding the horizons of our knowledge by studying. In a reading, this card reminds us of our independence and tells us to be assertive and articulate. It also encourages us to attempt something new, but to take risks only after due calculation of the pros and cons.
Each of the four suits of the Minor Arcana is divided further. Four Court Cards are
extracted from each Minor Arcana suit, and they are classified under each category – The King, Queen, Knight and
Page, signifying their specific traits. This makes the total Court Cards as 16. The King is creative, inspiring and
bold, and wants to create a lasting impact on the world. The Queen is attractive, energetic, cheerful and
self-assured; she does not impose, but subtly influences circumstances. The Knights may be termed as extremists,
they express their qualities to the utmost limit. For instance, if they are cautious, they will be cautious to a
fault, weighing all the pros and cons meticulously before taking a decision. The Page motivates us to enjoy the
thrill of mental and even financial challenges.